Best Undergraduate Universities for Pre-Med

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By Collegewannabe7 (Collegewannabe7) on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 09:31 pm: Edit

Anyone want to rank the following universities in order of best to attend for gaining admission to medical school?

1. Harvard
2. Cornell --->>> is it really competitive?
3. Stanford
4. Swarthmore College
5. Georgetown University
6. Davidson College
7. MIT
8. Haverford College
9. Washington University in St. Louis
10. Johns Hopkins
11. Carnegie Mellon
12. UNC-Chapel Hill
13. UMD
14. PSU-Schreyers
15. Colgate
16. University of Pennsylvania
17. Williams College
18. Amherst College

Sorry if the list is long, just was interested.

By S17 (S17) on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 10:06 pm: Edit

The answer to your question is: whichever university you will work the hardest at. Medical schools accept students from all over the country. It's all about distinguishing yourself from other applicants. In that sense, going to a less prestigious college with less stellar students will make it a little bit easier to be the "best of the best" from your university. Think about what school will give you the most hands-on help. For example, some schools have pre-med advising, others don't. This can be a huge advantage. Also, at larger schools it is generally harder to have close relationships with faculty who will write letters of rec, another key part of the med school admissions process. You may also want to consider research opportunities; this can be a big factor.

As for your list, I think you could find that information somewhere, but it really all depends on you. If you work hard enough, no matter where you go for undergrad, you will get into med school. If you don't work as hard, you might still get an acceptance and the big name university (Harvard, Stanford, etc.) will help you in that respect.

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